Upcoming Events

Film Screening and Q & A: Sayed Kashua'sThe Writer

Sayed Kashua is a widely read and translated Arab Israeli author whose books include Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, Second Person Singular, and Native. He is also a regular contributor to Ha’aretz and a screenwriter for both film and TV. He wrote the screenplay for the widely viewed series Arab Labor and has recently launched a new series, The Writer. Kashua is currently a visiting professor in the Program in Jewish Culture & Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, where he has taught comedy writing and writing for television in the Creative Writing Program.

Amy Hassinger Reading

Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence (Putnam 2003), The Priest's Madonna (Putnam 2006), and After the Dam (Red Hen Press 2016). Her writing has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Indonesian and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She's placed her work in many publications, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and serves as a Faculty Mentor in the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. Originally from Massachusetts, Amy now lives in Urbana, Illinois, where she produces the micro-podcast The Literary Life, and leads writing workshops out of her home.

Natasha Trethewey Reading and Book Signing

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Thrall (2012). She's the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. At Emory University she is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.
This event is sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the departments of English and African American Studies, the Robert J. Carr Visiting Author Series, Ninth Letter, and the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures.

Spring Contest Winners Reading

Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2017 Spring Writing Contest and hear the student author read from their prize-winning works.

MFA Public Reading

Graduating MFA candidates Alison Syring Bassford, Michael Hurley, Katherine Kendig, Caitlin McGuire, and Jess Williard will read from their final project works in fiction and poetry.

Creative Writing Podcasts

The Creative Writing Program podcasts feature readings by faculty, students, and guest authors

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